Resurrection And The Life

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John 11:25-26
 
Jesus used this name for Himself in His conversation with Martha, the sister of Lazarus, after Lazarus had died. She was disappointed that Jesus had not arrived at her home in Bethany in time to save her brother’s life. She knew that Jesus could perform miracles of healing, so she scolded Him, “Lord…if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21 NIV).
 
Jesus’ double-edged reply to Martha made it clear that He was the master of the living and the dead. He was capable at any time of raising Lazarus, as well as any others who had died. At the same time, He could guarantee eternal life for the living. In this sense, those who believed in Him would never die. This included Martha, as well as all believers of the future.
 
Jesus then proceeded to deliver on His promise. He stood before the burial chamber where the body of Lazarus had been placed, and just as God the Father had created the world with the words of His mouth (Genesis 1:1-31), Jesus the Son brought His friend back to life with a simple verbal command: “Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43).
 
Note the things that are missing from this account: no incantations over the body, no lightning flash from heaven, no magical tricks to dazzle the crowd. Just three simple words from Jesus-and Lazarus walked out of the tomb. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out that a person of such sensitivity and power is worthy of our loyalty and devotion. Jesus alone has the keys to life and death.